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Clinicians and engineers in Oxford have begun using artificial intelligence alongside endoscopy to get more accurate readings of the pre-cancerous condition Barrett’s oesophagus and so determine patients most at risk of developing cancer.

NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre

In a research paper published in the journal Gastroenterology, the researchers said the new AI-driven 3D reconstruction of Barrett’s oesophagus achieved 97.2 % accuracy in measuring the extent of this pre-cancerous condition in the oesophagus in real time, which would enable clinicians to assess the risk, the best surveillance interval and the response to treatment more quickly and confidently.

The research was supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), through its cancer and imaging themes.

Barrett’s is a pre-malignant condition that develops in the lower oesophagus in response to acid reflux. There is a less than 0.1-0.4% risk per year of developing cancer with normal Barrett’s oesophagus – or one in 200 patients. However, that risk increases with the extent of Barrett’s lining.

Read the full story on the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre website

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